Hard water is comprised of high levels of magnesium, calcium and other natural elements. Though it is not specifically harmful to an individual’s health it can certainly be quite harmful to the plumbing system in your home. It causes damage to plumbing pipes, fixtures and appliances and can cause mineral deposits in sinks, showers, and tubs. In addition, it also causes harm to your water heater and can even contribute to excessively dry hair and skin for all your family members. With that said the team here at Steve Mull Plumbing wants to take this time to share some important insight on the impact it can have on your plumbing system and how to avoid it.
THE IMPACT HARD WATER HAS ON HOME PLUMBING
Further to the scenarios we have listed above, hard water also causes mineral buildup in appliances, fixtures and pipes. These mineral deposits greatly reduce water flow, cause stress to various pipes and fixtures and can result in clogs. When mineral deposits are present appliances often times are not able to operate efficiently and can even break down altogether resulting in costly repairs or replacements.
Calcium that is present in water will leave noticeable deposits on your plumbing system. White or yellow flaky buildup on your home faucets, fixtures, showerheads and sinks are indicators of the presence of hard water. The buildup it produces is calcium that has accumulated. As we can all agree, this buildup makes fixtures, appliances and the likes look unsightly and dirty and is extremely difficult to clean or remove.
Taking note of what this calcium buildup does to the exterior of your home plumbing, appliances and fixtures makes you have to wonder what it must be doing to the interior of your plumbing system as well. The calcium, over time, accumulates in plumbing pipes narrowing the opening of the pipes and ultimately reducing the flow of water through the pipes. Although it will more than likely never cause a complete blockage of a pipe, the buildup can certainly contribute to clogs and decreased water pressure in your home.
Further complications caused by hard water are that of the formation of corrosion within your water heater. When corrosion occurs, your water heater is unable to perform efficiently or properly and can even cause water heaters to breakdown.
HOW TO RESOLVE HARD WATER ISSUES
There are a variety of state-of-the-art products on the market today that are designed to specifically improve the water in your home. Water softeners are by far one of the most common and effective solutions available today for softening water and extending the lifespan of your plumbing system. Home water softener systems are not only an ideal solution to your home water problem, but are very cost effective as well.
The team of dedicated plumbers here at Steve Mull Plumbing is equipped to help you determine whether or not you have hard water in your home that needs treatment. Our professionals can test your home water and provide effective solutions to soften your water and make life a whole lot more comfortable and safer. To learn more about how you can treat the hard water in your home or if you are in need of any other plumbing services, be sure to reach out to the team here at Steve Mull Plumbing. We look forward to serving you and to providing you with only the highest quality plumbing products and services this side of Lebanon. Don’t delay. Take time out to contact one of our team to schedule your appointment today!